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Posted by Brad Flinders on May 1, 2015 at 2:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Over the past year I've been selling off a lot of my bottles.  My display space is limited and instead of having them sit in boxes I'd rather someone else enjoy them.  I sold all of my ACL bottles  and all my steinies except those from Wisconsin, Illinois, Missouri, Texas and my Bock steinies.  I also sold my long neck bottles that I'd collected from breweries within a 150 mile radius of St Louis.  I hated to part with my New Athens, ILL bottles but I know the new owner is an avid collector of Southern Illinois breweriana so they have a good home.  Next to go will be my No Deposit No Return Bottles of which is have about 150 different.  I'm also keeping my mid to late 1930's stubby bottle collection - those really grew on me as I started getting more on the shelf.  I haven't added a new one of these in quite awhile.  The usual suspects (Piels, Lion, Steinbrau) show up periodically on eBay or at shows so it is tough to find new labels.

2014 BCCA Canvention, Dallas, TX

Posted by Brad Flinders on September 2, 2014 at 4:45 PM Comments comments (0)

I just returned from the 2014 Breweriana Collectibles Club of America Canvention held in Dallas, TX.  I attended my first canvention in Chicago back in 1981.  Since then I've been to these canventions in Denver, Little Rock, Fort Wayne, IN, Sprinbgfield, IL, and Atlanta.  Next years canvention will be held in Milwaukee and I'm really looking forward to that show!  Unfortunately I don't find many steinies to add to my collection at these shows.  I only added 1 bottle to the collection this year.  I'm hoping that will change next year since Wisconsin is a haven for different varieties of steinies.  Anyway, the bottle pictured below is my lone acquisition.  I also sell steinies and other breweriana at these shows and my setup is below.

Schneider Brewing Co, Trinidad, Colorado

Posted by Brad Flinders on July 1, 2014 at 12:35 PM Comments comments (0)

The Schneider Brewery in Trinidad, Colorado is the closest post prohibition brewery to my home in Taos New Mexico.  They produced some amazing labels for beer bottles and some very sought after cans as well.  I've picked up a few bottles over the past couple of years but never concentrated on this brewery.  For some reason the bug finally hit and I'm searching high and low for Schneider Breweriana, especially bottles.  Here is what I have so far.

Real or Fake??

Posted by Brad Flinders on November 14, 2013 at 9:45 AM Comments comments (0)

I just acquired this Lone Star Beer Steinie.   Texas steinies are few and far between so I was happy to get this one.  But....when I lived in San Antonio a few years ago, Texas collectors were torn on the authenticity of this label on a steinie bottle.   The label is common on a long neck and you occasionally saw the 12 oz label on a quart bottle (not an uncommon practice as I've seen t his done by other brewers).  The label itself is very common and you can find stacks of these in antique stores throughout the San Antonio area.  It seems that glueing the label to various types of bottles happens all the time with this label.  So...why do I think this is an authentic label?  A couple of reasons.   I contacted Charlie Staats, an authority on San Antonio Breweriana.   He says he has found 2 of these bottles, one of which was still full.  He is convinced it is authentic.   Also, the label on my bottle is affixed using the glue pattern one sees on most bottles in the 1930 - 1950 time frame.  On both the right hand and left hand edge of the label is a 1/4" strip of glue that when looked at from the back of the bottle appears as a dark strip.  This pattern is extremely difficult if not impossible to duplicate as glue residue is left on the bottle around the label.  With those things in mind, I'm convinced this bottle is authentic.

New bottles from summer and fall 2013

Posted by Brad Flinders on November 9, 2013 at 6:45 PM Comments comments (0)

I just added photos of 16 bottles I added to my collection over the past couple of months.  The bottles include an extremely tough Zoller's Famous Beer steinie with a factory scene on the label.   The bottle even came with a mummified mouse inside!  Go to the Collection Photos area of the web site and click on "New Acquisitions".

New Breweriana for sale

Posted by Brad Flinders on October 16, 2013 at 7:15 PM Comments comments (0)

I am expanding what I sell on this website.  I just listed a nice group of coasters and will be adding more coasters and other breweriana within the next couple of days.

WWII Koppitz Steinies

Posted by Brad Flinders on September 5, 2013 at 5:15 PM Comments comments (0)

I just acquired these 5 1942 steinie bottles.  There are 100 different labels in the set and with the addition of these 5 I now have 7.   Still a long way to go.   All the bottles in the set depict WWII airplanes, ships, types of armament and other WWII information.   This is one of those sets I 'd sure like to put together but in the years I've been collecting steinies, the 7 I have are the only ones I've seen available.

New steinies for sale

Posted by Brad Flinders on September 5, 2013 at 4:30 PM Comments comments (0)

I just added new bottles in the Steinies For Sale area of the web site.  Highlights are a mint Miller Bock and New Athens Mountain Top bottles.  I'll be adding a few more over the next couple of days.  Please e-mail with any questions.

BCCA Canvention

Posted by Brad Flinders on August 28, 2013 at 8:30 AM Comments comments (0)

After a 1500 mile drive from Taos I arrived the Brewery Collectibles Canvention in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  I brought over 100 steinies with me so if you are attending the show be sure to come by my room at the Courtyard or find me on the trade floor.   Due to the location of the show attendance should be fantastic!  Both canvention hotels are sold out and many people are staying in the overflow locations.  I'll post photos of the show when I get back to NM.

Back in the US

Posted by Brad Flinders on May 1, 2013 at 8:20 PM Comments comments (0)

I'm back in the more dodging incoming Taliban Rockets, smelling the poo pond, hiding from the Mummy sized dust storms and workinging 7 days a week 12 hours a day.   I'm now in Maine but will be moving back to Taos, New Mexico in early June.   Right now my collection and all the botles I have for sale are boxed up and in storage in San Antonio, TX.   I'll be reunited sometime next month and will be able to update the for sale page.  I purchased a couple of small collections while in Afghanistan and I know there are many dujplicates so some cool bottles will be added.  Keep watching the site especially come July for new additions.